The Story So Far @ Live Review
Tired and exhausted from work I dragged myself to this gig. To be perfectly honest with you I had never listened to The Story So Far but when you’re offered to go and you’re only around the corner I thought what’s one more gig to add to my gig history? Just before the show I found out the Turnstile were supporting on the night and that got me slightly excited as I really enjoyed their performance at Ghostfest this year, so I considered this to be a treat.
Well before I could get to really enjoying myself I had to get myself through this performance and if I sound unenthused by Drug Church, then it’s only because I felt they could have been amazing, these guys really could have a strong sound, but fell just short of the line. The music is great with well-written riffs and bass grooves for hardcore. However, the vocals were such a let down and the vocalists performance wasn’t great, he stumbled around the stage and didn’t look like he was putting much effort into the show. If the band doesn’t look like they care about what they’re doing then why should fans take them seriously as an artist? Overall though, they just didn’t capture my interest enough, they were just a serviceable support act. They don’t get my recommendation personally, but they do have a fan base so there maybe something that I’m missing about them.
Wow! What a world of difference. Turnstile just rocked up onstage and tore it apart. Their high octane performance was so fascinating to watch and their songs were just crushingly brutal. They were just as good as I remember them at Ghostfest. Their music was exciting and they owned the stage… well more like dominated it. Turnstile are just so much fun live and they filled their set with tunes like Keep It Moving, Bad Wave and Death Grip. All of this was like a shot of adrenaline into the show, they were a livewire in a sea of mediocrity. The only thing I was a little upset about was the finish, they ended so abruptly, it sounds like they weren’t given enough time to finish their set.
The Story So Far
So the crowd packed into the venue and The Story So Far hit the stage to a massive amount of noise. They blasted into their first song, which the fans gave a massive ovation and started singing along. It was so loud I couldn’t quite hear myself think and as the mosh pit opened and the hardcore dancing began I couldn’t move, as I was standing at the back. The band sounded great, their melodies were solid and the riffs were enjoyable at the very least. Every song had this big anthem vibe to it making it perfect for sing along material, although the songs themselves were quite short. However, after the insanity that was Turnstile, The Story So Far just felt a little tame as visually they were definitely not as interesting. They just stood there and played their material, which was fine, but like I said, Turnstile just brought that intensity. Clearly though, their use of the stage isn’t why they’re popular and managed to sell out Academy 2, their songs are damn catchy and I had fun humming along as I didn’t know any of the words.
Overall it was a decent night's worth of entertainment!
Words: Mick Birchall